Quick Info

  • London, England
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting
  • : Wednesday May 17, 2017 - Saturday July 1, 2017
  • : In-State: $8799/Out-of-State: $8999
  • : 20 January 2017
  • : 3.0 GPA, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only


GBI London: International Accounting Issues was built with your accounting major needs in mind.

On this program, you will complete 6 credits in total, including the mandatory course and one additional three-credit course (see list below) or a three-credit internship.

You must have completed your sophomore year by the time of your participation in the program. Additionally, you must have completed BUSACC 0030 Financial Accounting and BUSACC 0040 Managerial Accounting with a grade of 'B' or better before participation.

Coursework may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.

This financial accounting elective focuses on exposing students to the international accounting standards setting process and the study of the application of international accounting issues in business. Learning will take place through a mix of classroom time as well as experience based learning opportunities, with each weekly class focused on an accounting issue and a related site visit experience with a company working on the accounting issue. Participation requires a good understanding of the accounting process and an interest in the global business environment.

See the course syllabus here.

Prerequisites: completion of BUSACC 0030 Financial Accounting and BUSACC 0040 Managerial Accounting with a grade of 'B' or better.

Three credit course for students who elect to have an internship for credit. Course description coming soon.

Fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.

This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, students develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available, and the management and control implications. The student will be encouraged to perceive the role of a global marketing manager, and to make decisions that could affect the outcome of a global marketing plan. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix, namely product, pricing, distribution and promotion, as well as emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and the standardisation versus customisation dilemma.

 This course fulfills a core requirement for the Certificate in International Business and the global management major. This course also fulfills the human resources major elective.

Provides an introduction to organizational behavior in a global context. Emphasis is on applying core organizational behavior concepts such as leadership, motivation, and group processes, as well as more contemporary topics such as cultural diversity and expatriation, to workers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Develops an understanding of culture and cross-cultural differences and an awareness of the key skills needed to interact effectively in cross-cultural settings.

Fulfills a literature requirement for Pitt Business students.

For a portrayal of the variety and depth of human emotions, Shakespeare has never been equaled. In this course, a selection of plays will be studied in depth, with equal focus on the genres of comedy, history and tragedy. Through visits to Shakespearean plays in performance, to the Globe theatre workshop, and through guest speakers, the plays will be examined not only textually but also as living plays that tell us as much about modern identity as the development of the early modern identity. Students will examine the notion of Shakespeare as 'timeless' to understand how vitally he moves from the concerns of his day to ours. This course requires an addition $70 fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets while in London.  You will pay this via credit card upon arrival.

Does not fulfill the literature requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course will look at some key theories of popular culture, and include case studies of selected examples from the British Isles since 1945. Popular culture versus subcultures will be examined. The main aim will be to enable students to think independently about this topic. The course will include study visits to galleries, museums and other sites as an important learning experience. This course aims to draw in the students' previous educational and life experiences of culture and history, including oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures and social and religious movements. It will compare British and American experiences of popular culture, the differences, similarities and cross-influences.

The course looks at the impact of the city on the craft of creative writing. It explores how various subjects like the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity or particular districts function in London narratives, and examines the role of memory and experience in literary psychogeographic accounts of the metropolis. The course will provide a theoretical and practical platform to enable participants to develop an understanding of London, and utilize the city as a character in their creative writing. Students will explore the urban landscapes and ‘write the city’ for themselves.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students.

Where and what is Europe? Who are the Europeans? What is Europe's future? "Europe" has been a cultural idea that European elites have struggled to impose on the chaotic diversity of their continent. How has the concept "European" been defined historically, and in relation to whom? This interdisciplinary course addresses these fundamental questions of politics, geography and identity by tracing the history of "Europe" as a political concept and the cultural, political and economic factors that have shaped modern European countries. Such issues have been brought into close focus by the implications of European integration, destabilising assumptions about the territorial extent of Europe and the scales at which government, sovereignty and citizenship should operate. This course outlines the contemporary structures of the European Union and also investigates the various processes that have made Europe such a distinctive, dynamic and highly varied region. It also examines the historical roots of current tensions between - and within - the nation-states of Europe, such as ethnic nationalism, the legacy of imperialism and the politics of remembrance, and demonstrates how they continue to shape European politics today.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students.

The course presents a socio-cultural approach to contemporary issues of children's development. The aim is to demonstrate the importance of understanding people in relation to their social world. Students will develop an understanding of life in the UK and explore how it shapes children's development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, the role of play and the origins of disturbing behaviour will be examined.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students.

Cities around the world are striving to be ‘global’. This course focuses on the development of one of the greatest of these global cities, London, from the nineteenth through to the twenty first century and investigates the nature and implications of its ‘globality’ for its built environment and social geography. We will examine how the city has been transformed by the forces of industrialization, imperialism and globalization and consider the ways in which London and its inhabitants have been shaped by their relationships with the rest of the world. Students will gain insight into London’s changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city’s imperial, post-imperial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.  The course is organized chronologically: themes include the Victorian metropolis of the nineteenth century; London as an imperial space; multicultural London; London as a commercial centre of global capitalism; future scenarios of urban change. The course will mix classroom work with experiential learning, and will be centered on field trips to sites such as the 2012 Olympic sites, Soho, Whitehall, South Kensington, Spitalfields and Docklands in London’s East End to give students the opportunity to experience its varied urban geographies first hand and interact with these sites in an informed and analytical way.

Note: Students taking this course should not take "Understanding Modern Britain" (SOC 1515) because of similar content and site visits.


An international internship through GBI London is your opportunity to create a stand-out resume.  You will be challenged to apply your coursework to the work world, acquire cultural competence, and create professional connections that can last a lifetime.  Not only will your LinkedIn profile get a boost, but your marketability to future employers will too.

Internships in GBI London are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time.  In addition to workplace experience, you will also meet with peers and faculty for internship seminars to help you get the most out of the experience.  Internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always for a 'satisfactory/no credit' grade.

Keep in mind that you will not know what your internship placement is until 14 days before departure.  While this may seem like a long time to wait, remember that our partners are searching for an internship just for you. Your past experiences, coursework, and desired placements areas are all taken into account.  This kind of personalized service takes time but is well worth the wait.

Check out the Pitt Business International Scholarships opportunities for students participating in internships, and get in touch with Hillary Koller, the GBI London program manager, to learn more.  



On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, Pitt’s London partner, has a full-time support staff who are there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay.  Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you.

In 2017, Pitt Business Accounting Department faculty member Tara Fisher will accompany the program and teach the accounting course. 


Part of the experience is to live like a Londoner.  The overwhelming majority of students choose to live in shared apartments – the English call them flats – spread across the city.  You will be one of as many as eight students living in a flat, which includes shared bedrooms and bathrooms, living space, and access to laundry facilities, all in a secure building.  The flats also come with an equipped kitchen. Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.  Apartments are as varied as the city itself as no two flats are alike. 

Regardless of where you live, prepare for up to an hour-and-a-half commute to both the CAPA Center and your internship (door-to-door).  Commuting is part of working life in a large metropolitan area, and it gives you an opportunity to know the city like the back of your hand and to read the newspaper on the Tube each morning like a local.  We’ve got your commute covered with an unlimited pass for Zones 1 and 2 on the London Underground.

If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option. Email Hillary Koller for more information.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$8799) $8999
Arrive in London Depart London
May 17, 2017 July 1, 2017


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Scholarships are available for UPAA members that are enrolled as Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students.  Members that are not Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students can participate in the program but are not eligible for the automatic scholarship.

 Active members, as determined by UPAA, for one semester may receive a $250 scholarship, and UPAA members who have been active, as determined by UPAA, for two or more semesters are may receive a $750 scholarship. UPAA members are also eligible for other study abroad scholarships. Acceptance of any UPAA or study abroad scholarships on this program is an agreement to maintain active membership status in UPAA until graduation.

Students can apply for this scholarship and the other Pitt Business International Scholarships on this page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Finances’ tab at the top of this page!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your GBI London: International Accounting Issues fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in London
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Tube Pass for Zones 1 and 2
  • Excursions to Stonehenge and Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • International health Insurance
  • Membership to the University of London at Imperial College Student Union

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Pitt Study Abroad Fee ($300)
  • Visa Fee (Interns only, $450)
  • Textbooks (~$100)
  • Airfare (~$1,000-$1,200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals (~$1,500-$3,000)
  • Airport Transfers (~$40-$100)
  • Local Cell Phone (~$100)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Please Note:

You must have completed your sophomore year by the time of your participation in the program. Additionally, you must have completed BUSACC 0030 Financial Accounting and BUSACC 0040 Managerial Accounting with a grade of 'B' or better before participation.

The GBI London Accounting program is a partnership between Pitt Business and the The University of Pittsburgh Accounting Association and priority acceptance to this program will be given to UPAA active members.


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.

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